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15 May 2018

They were also trying to win two in a row at their home rink for the first time since the opening round.

Maybe all the intensity and emotion of this 48-hour period caught up to the Winnipeg Jets and there was a letdown. Tatar hasn't recorded a point in his four playoff appearances, and has sat out the last three games.

After losing Game 1 of the Western Conference finals, the Vegas Golden Knights could be in for a change in Game 2 against the Winnipeg Jets. "You give them a little light or a little day and they're going to take advantage of it". Tomas Tatar made it 1-0 on a second effort at the 13:23 mark of the opening period.

The series between the Knights and Sharks is now tied at 1-1. Jonathan Marchessault scores twice. He scored 30 goals last season with his old team, the Florida Panthers, by far a career best.

The Jets had life with a power play to start the final period.

It was all the visitors would need on a night where Vegas goalie Marc-André Fleury was both lucky and good.

"Every time we need a big game as a group, we show up, " Marchessault said.

"We were on them, " Golden Knights forward Erik Haula said.

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The best-of-seven series is now tied 1-1 with Games 3 and 4 scheduled for Las Vegas on Wednesday and Friday. After winning the first game in the third round of the Stanley Cup playoffs on Saturday, they dropped Game 2 to the Golden Knights 3-1 at Bell MTS Place.

The Jets have exhibited an ability to bounce back for a victory after each of their four defeats in the first and second rounds.

To that same end, if the Jets are going to predict the outcome, then they should be better prepared to push back against it. Vegas deserves credit for their adjustment, again a nod to the edge in skill that the Jets own.

He was coached by Hockey Hall of Famer Patrick Roy in junior with the Quebec Remparts, but his 5-foot-9, 170-pound frame kept him from being drafted.

In return, we found out what Marchessault is made of, with his two-goal performance - including a back-breaking insurance goal 1:28 after Connor finally breathed life into Bell MTS Place - walking the walk. This is the conference finals.

From afar, he always admired Martin St. Louis, the patron saint of pint-sized players. Despite his production, he was left exposed in the expansion draft.

Winnipeg came out fast with three goals in the first eight minutes in that one against Vegas, which had a five-day break following the defeat of San Jose, prompting Marchessault's strong post-game statement. Marchessault and Jakob Trouba were sent to the penalty box after a tussle behind the Jets' net midway through the first period. The Jets found out the hard way on Monday.

WINNIPEG, Manitoba, May 14 (Reuters) - Left surprisingly available in the National Hockey League's (NHL) expansion draft past year, forward Jonathan Marchessault joined his new team, the Vegas Golden Knights, with plenty to prove.

Vegas & Winnipeg haven't had a meeting like this since…